A couple weeks ago I just finished reading a novel called The Five People You Meet in Heaven, written by Mitch Albom. It is a book about an old man, Eddie, who dies while attempting to save a little girl’s life at the carnival on the pier in which he worked at. Eddie was an old man who always seemed grouchy; he had the worst job at the pier, and everybody saw him as the man who had no friends, family, or personal life. When Eddie goes into heaven, he is introduced to five people who either briefly walked into his past life or who he was really close to when we was still alive. Unknowingly, these five people dramatically changed his life by sacrificing their own, or being the person that taught Eddie how to love. Once Eddie enters heaven, the first person that he meets informs him that once you go into heaven, you meet five people who walked into your life, and it will be explained to you how you died and your purpose for existing on the earth. This may or may not be true, but while I was reading this, I came upon the quote “War could bond men like a magnet, but like a magnet it could repel them.” (Albom, pg. 65) To me, Albom is trying to say that something as dramatic as a war could bond people together so close, that those people could also be torn apart at the same amount as if they were bonded together. I took this quote into consideration and it made me realize that sometimes if you get too close to somebody, that your friendship with them could easily be torn apart.
This quote brought me back to my memories of one of my old best friends, Christine. Christine and I did everything together. She was my better half, and everybody in my life was aware of that. Her magnet was attracted to mine. As time progressed, we grew apart, our interests no longer matched, and we became like enemies. We turned our magnets around, and out magnets were no longer attracted to each other, but instead, they went off to find other magnets that would not repel. It wasn’t war that repelled us, but it was our different worlds. She was a year younger than me, and we had different friends and we were starting to build different interests. This one situation in life helped me to better understand that we as human beings cannot get too attracted to one relationship or else it might turn around just to betray us. Strangers are none other than family that we have yet to come to know, and vice versa.
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